The Toyota iQ, the worlds smallest four-seater passenger car, has won the 2008 Japan Car of the Year award.
It did so by an Obama-style landslide margin, achieving more than double the points of the second-placed Citroen C5.
The judges were particularly taken with the iQ’s space efficiency and design, especially the iQs capacity for seating four people within a body less than three metres long
Its combination of high levels of safety and low CO2 emissions was another vote-winner.
The iQ has no chance of winning the 2008 European Car of the Year as it is not on sale in Europe or the UK until January 2009.
The Nissan GT-R came third in the poll, with the Audi A4 close behind in fourth.
Other notable top-tenners included Jaguar XF (fifth), Fiat 500 (seventh) and Mazda Atenza (ninth).
Used Toyota dealers will be well-aware that the new iQ goes on sale in the UK from January 6th 2009 with prices starting from £9,495.
Written by Trevor Coffee